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Ghost Hand (The PSS Chronicles Book 1) by [Patton, Ripley]
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Ghost Hand is a fresh take on contemporary urban paranormal storytelling. 
- 2012 Gemmell Morninstar Award-Winning Author Helen Lowe
 
Ghost Hand is a fabulous book, which I read cover to cover in a day. - The Fantastical Librarian
 
Buy a copy of Ghost Hand for your teens, and watch them disappear.- Beattie's Book Blog
 
Ripley writes in a way that transcends the ordinary barriers that divide ya & teen/ya. - Vintage Lace Books
 
Unquestionably five stars on the basis of plot, character depth and writing style, it's a book I didn't want to put down.- Awesome Indies Book Reviews

About the Author

Ripley Patton lives in Portland, Oregon with one cat, two teenagers, and a man who wants to live on a boat. She is an award-winning short story writer and author of The PSS Chronicles, a young adult paranormal thriller series. Ripley doesn't smoke, or drink, or cuss as much as her characters. Her only real vices are writing, eating M&Ms, and watching reality television.

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  • File Size: 695 KB
  • Print Length: 386 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Ripley Patton (November 28, 2012)
  • Publication Date: November 28, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00AF1CM0A
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By Matthew Cowens on January 29, 2013
Format: Paperback
Ghost Hand was an enjoyable read. As a guy in my mid thirties I'm not exactly in the book's target demographic but I enjoyed the action sequences and the central premise (PSS & associated spookiness). Ripley Patton is a talented writer whose prose is very engaging. There were times when I did not much like the main character (an emotional, shouty, over-reactive teenager) and while the overall story is very promising I found some elements of the plot/supporting characters unsatisfying. I do prefer shorter books and am not currently a fan of book series, but this book quickly won me over with assured and pacey writing. I suspect the series as a whole will prove enormously entertaining, with the world and PSS powers explored in further detail. I also suspect that the protagonist would be more engaging for readers closer to her age and/or disposition. There is some swearing in the book - less than might be encountered when actual teenagers converse, but significantly more than my personal taste runs to in YA fiction.

Overall I enjoyed the book despite it not being the sort of book I am drawn to and was impressed by the writing chops on display.
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5 stars
I reviewed an e-book copy from the author provided in return for my fair and impartial review, via the Goodreads Group Making Connections.

About eighteen years ago, the first instance of PSS appeared: Psyche Sans Soma (which I roughly translate as "soul" or "spirit' without body). Those who possess PSS have one body segment that is "not there," "ghostly," and it could be the hand (as in Olivia's case), arm, nose, leg portion... Almost everyone without PSS finds it odd; some, the CAMPfers, find it freakish, abnormal, and in need of eradication. Olivia never thought that her "ghost hand" would put her in danger, until she discovers simultaneously that her PSS hand can reach in and pull symbolic items out of others; and that the new boy in school is far, far more than he seems--and he may be her only ticket out of terminal danger, because someone is determined to extricate her PSS.

"Ghost Hand" is an exciting and riveting story which kept me turning the pages to find out the next tension-filled moment. I highly recommend it, both to YA readers and older. Even higher level middle school readers can enjoy it.
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Ripley Patton's debut speculative fiction novel for Young Adults is impressive. Ghost Hand combines romance, friendships, family relationships, childhood trauma and suspense with effective world building. Patton renders PSS plausible with just enough technical information to make its existence convincing and logical. Skillfully told in first person, the reader discovers along with Olivia Black just what her ghost hand can do, beyond the "ordinary" circumstance of picking a lock, to reaching into the deepest recesses of a person's psyche. Olivia and her friends face danger and difficulty, and the reader is fully immersed, chapter by chapter, rooting for their safety. The first in a trilogy, in subsequent novels it is expected that the powers of the objects Olivia is able to manifest will crystallize. Primary characters are fully realized, and the immediate but problematic attraction between Olivia and the enigmatic Marcus is intrinsically linked to the growing abilities of her Psyche Sans Soma difference. Secondary characters are well rounded with the promise of further development. Available in Paperback and E-Reader format, Ghost Hand is highly recommended for both adult and older young adult readers of speculative fiction.
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This was an easy read and a fairly fast-paced story. I immediately liked the characters of Olivia and Marcus, both strong, intelligent personalities and both quite headstrong. I enjoyed the concept of the story as well as it was a kind of unique, interesting idea. It was definitely a different take on "the teenage girl discovering heretofore unknown powers" genre which has recently seemed to flood the market. Where it lost me a little bit, was the poorly defined characteristics of Olivia's abilities and lack of a back story to explain her strained relationship with her mother or the challenges of growing up different. Regarding her PSS hand, it was kind of disappointing that this part of the story was under-developed and vague as to the origin of the phenomenon. It was never clear why it was so important to the faction that was chasing them down, trying to obtain the PSS power....to what purpose? Maybe all this would be explained in the second installment but I am not sure that I will stick around to find out. It just feels like there was so much more that I need to know before committing to this series.
I received this e-book free in exchange for an honest review
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Loved this book and I can't wait to read the second one in the series.
Right off we are absorbed into the story of Olivia and her "ghost hand", the hand that all of a sudden is revealing a new trick, and it is freaky! The action is non-stop, a nail biting adventure from start to end.
There is a huge supporting cast Marcus, Nose, Yale, Jason, Emma and Passion all adding to the unique story. Its a great read, it doesn't end in a cliff hanger which I am thankful for (YAY!)

*was given a copy of the book for a honest opinion. Thanks Ripley! :)
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